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Want to break a sweat but don’t want to hit the pavement? Looking for something new and fun to do with your friends? Get out, get active... ROCK CLIMB!
Hadley, MA recently opened Central Rock Climbing Center on Route 9--if you haven't been there yet, what are you waiting for? The rock gym aims to provide the highest quality indoor climbing experience for beginner to advanced climbers. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to help.
The facility itself is very clean, are there are walls mapped out for all climbing levels. The atmosphere is fun, with staff and fellow climbers around to help push you to your limits.
If you are a first time climber, check out Central Rock’s tips before you head over to the gym.
In terms of pricing, the outing could get slightly expensive unless you go during one of their specials. Central Rock has a number of specials going on all week, so find one that applies to you and your fellow climbers:
|Monday:||Ladies Night 5PM-11PM $7 for a day pass for ladies|
Guys Night out! 5PM-11PM $10 for a day pass
High school Rocks! $8 for day pass and gear (with valid ID or last report card, 7PM Yoga only $3 with purchase of day pass, and free for members!)
|Thursday:||College Night 6PM-11PM- $10 for day pass (with valid ID) and free pizza|
|Friday:||Family Night 4PM-10PM- $9 for adults $7 for students|
Check out their pricing page for more information on fees and rentals. Also, note that if you ride your bike to Central Rock you get a $2.00 discount!
I took a trip to the gym this summer and had the workout of my life. Rock climbing is a total body workout. Your arms, your hands and your fingertips are all working to keep you stable. Your core is completely engaged to help you move vertically and help you reach for hand holds. Your legs and your feet are working overtime to push you up the wall and gain reach. Your brain is constantly thinking of the next best move. TOTAL. BODY. WORKOUT.
The gym has equipment available for rental. With a full retail package climbers get a harness, chalk bag, shoes and belay device and/or carabiner. You need all of these things, especially the chalk.
Don’t get discouraged if this is your first time climbing. Climbing is challenging, but there are courses at Central Rock built for all levels. Start small and work your way up the difficulty scale. Push your limits and don’t give up on a course until you try it a number of times. Another tip from my climbing experience: try to plan your course from the ground so you don’t lose momentum on your way up.
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